Glorious Goodwood Friday review: Billesdon Brook delivers at favourite course

Duke Of Hazzard in winning action
Duke Of Hazzard in winning action

A round-up of the rest of the action from Glorious Goodwood on Friday as Duke Of Hazzard produced a classy performance.

Hazzard on target for Cole

Duke Of Hazzard delighted favourite-backers with a hard-fought success in the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.

Paul Cole's colt won a valuable maiden at this meeting 12 months ago and returned to the Sussex Downs in fine form, following a clear-cut success at Newmarket three weeks ago.

Given a confident ride by PJ McDonald, the son of Lope De Vega travelled strongly and managed to avoid most of the trouble several of his rivals encountered during a rough race.

After being switched wide to throw down his challenge, the 3/1 chance took a while to find top gear, before charging home in the closing stages of the one-mile contest, prevailing by half a length from Turjomaan.

The well-backed Art Du Val and Royal Ascot winner Biometric both finished down the field.

Cole said: "It's great to have another good horse again. It's wonderful (for the owner) as there aren't many Jim Hay's around.

"He was going to go for a Group Three race in Deauville so that is maybe on the cards, but these are things we need to think about and discuss.

"He is a horse that can handle anything, as he is extremely tough and nothing fazes him. I think he is on the upgrade."


Classic heroine back to form

Last year's 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook got back on the big-race trail in the Theo Fennell Oak Tree Stakes at Goodwood.

Richard Hannon's filly was a 66/1 winner of the first fillies' Classic of 2018 and went on to run with credit in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood and the Sun Chariot back at Newmarket.

Having won a Listed race at Chelmsford and finished second in another at Pontefract on her two most recent outings, the daughter of Champs Elysees was a 12/1 shot for this seven-furlong Group Three prize, with Coronation Stakes third Jubiloso all the rage as the even-money favourite.

Having been ridden with restraint during the early stages, Billesdon Brook was asked to close down the leaders racing inside the final two furlongs and picked up well for Sean Levey to get up and beat Perfection by a neck.

Hannon said: "It is lovely for everybody to see a Classic winner at meetings like this. Nobody ever begrudges her as she always turns up and runs her race every time.

"She deserves respect as she is a Classic winner, and breeders who keep horses like this in training deserve a pat on the back.

"She has been a star for us. People slightly forgot her after she won the Guineas, but there was no fluke about that.

"She looked like a monster when she won her nursery here. She is just a really sweet filly."

David O'Meara said of the runner-up: "We are delighted with how she ran. It is frustrating she got nabbed. She has been placed in three separate Group races without winning one, but her day will come.

"She is very consistent and takes her racing well. I think seven furlongs is her trip."

Supporters of Sir Michael Stoute's Jubiloso will be cursing their luck as she encountered traffic problems in the straight before finishing strongly to grab third.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah, said: "It was just one of those races where nothing went right. She got a bump and got carved up. She didn't get in a good position after that and couldn't get out.

"It was just frustrating. You have to take the knock on the chin. I think she will stay a mile, so that will give us some more options."

There was some drama after the line as Frankie Dettori was unshipped from the fifth placed Royal Intervention, but the popular Italian emerged unscathed.


Another winner at Johnston's second home

Mark Johnston saddled three runners in the Unibet Nursery Handicap and it was his 7/1 shot Homespin who struck gold under James Doyle.

"I think it was all about attitude today. This horse was quiet as a lamb before the race, whereas Eton College probably ran his race beforehand and Praxeology was just too keen and fast down the hill," said Johnston.

"I was a little bit hesitant of running three nice horses against each other, but they all deserved to be here.

"We'll go home and think about where we go next. I honestly hadn't thought beyond today."


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